Raphael Sternberg shares the latest in Virtual Design Events:
Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach.
Initially slated for earlier this year, the fourth annual iteration of the tour de force event opens when many are undoubtedly yearning for a spring break hiatus. For those wisely forgoing travel as vaccines roll out, the picturesque show house can nonetheless offer an aesthetic manifestation of the mood that is increasingly in the air: hope, buoyed further by an unabashed embrace of all things beautiful, joyful, and downright happy.
Nonetheless, contemporary design still enjoys its own moments in the sun. (But perhaps not literally, as it’s the enviable outdoor areas by the likes of SMI Landscape Architecture and Anna Braund that take care of that.) A casual living room by Mikel Welch, a kitchen by Mark Williams Design, and a bathroom by Forbes+Masters are prime examples of how more clean-lined compositions can’t help but resonate. In many of these cases — such as a laundry room and pantry area by HW Interiors — savvy additions helped steal the spotlight. In that particular room, a glowing onyx floor was difficult to miss, while contributions from sponsors such as Kohler, Currey & Company, The Container Store, Cosentino, Benjamin Moore, Monogram, and The Shade Store made many a room shine bright. And yet, between the terra-cotta floor tiles seen in Mark Williams’s space and the thoughtful nods to nature featured by Forbes+Masters, the idea of a thriving outside world was never far from mind.